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4 Poses for Post-Thanksgiving Digestion

Gratitude, family and good food – we all love Thanksgiving. What we don’t love though, is the after-meal indigestion! While we don’t recommend that you do yoga right after eating, if you’re still feeling your dinner three hours later, try these 4 poses to aid your digestion.

Child's Pose 
Whether your digestive problems are creating stress or caused by stress, Child’s Pose is a great relaxer. As your central nervous system relaxes it releases hormones that aid digestion. Resting your stomach on your thighs also helps massage and stimulate the digestive organs.

Knees-to-Chest Pose
Apanasana is sometimes called “wind-relieving pose” and it’s easy to see why.  The pose compresses the colon, stimulating the nerves to relieve gas, acidity, bloating, and constipation. 
Seated Twist 
This twist will soothe the abdomen and stimulate the colon, applying a gentle pressure to the intestines to help move things along. 

Squat Pose
Long before we built toilets, we had the good old squat, so it makes sense that this would be a great pose to help things along. Malasana increases blood flow to the kidneys and intestines, creates space in the lower back and helps to stretch and relax the pelvic floor.  


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